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Welcome to The Sports Collector Place!

Are you interested in collecting sports memorabilia? Well you have come to the right place to get you started. The problem is, what do you collect? There are so many different categories it can be hard to decide where to start.

Here are some categories that can help you get started.
Autographed Items: Baseballs, Cards, Helmets
Game Used Equipment: Bats, Jerseys
Antique Equipment: Vintage Jerseys, Baseball Gloves
Sports Cards: Individual Players, Complete Sets
Novelty Items: Bobble Heads , Flags
Action Figures: Coaches, Starting Line Up
Sports Artwork: Posters, Prints, Originals, Tickets
Awards: Rings, Trophies
 

A Beginners Guide to Sports Card Collecting
Here are some of the most popular type of cards to collect:

Rookie Cards
The first card of a particular player is usually the most valuable card of that player.
From the 1940s through the 1970s, it was easy to decide which particular card was the "rookie" because in most cases there was only one card of a particular player produced each year. Over the last 20 years, however, there has usually been more than one card and often dozen, even for a new player in their first year. Generally, most of these cards will be considered "rookies" and be worth more than an average card, but will differ between each other in price based on the quality and scarcity of the set and the quality of the card, among other factors.
Invariably, there is one card for each player that is the most desirable for collectors, both in terms of price and quantity sold and that card is generally considered to be the "rookie" for a given player.

Inserts
The latest fad to take over card collecting has been the insert. These limited edition cards, sometimes containing signatures of players and sometimes containing pieces of jerseys, bats, gloves, bases, and other sports equipment, are put into packs in limited quantities. These individual cards can sometimes sell for thousands of dollars the moment they leave the pack. In addition, there is a recent trend to take older cards and insert them into packs as well, many cards worth thousands in the secondary card market.

Complete Sets
While it is harder than ever for new cards, many collectors started out by collecting complete sets and many still do today. This is particularly prevalent in cards before 1981, but also with several newer sets (such as Topps Heritage) that have particular interest for collectors.
Starting in the late 1980s this became more difficult due to the explosion in the number of sets, as well as the explosion of insert cards. Since inserts are limited production cards, completing a newer set that has inserts can be very expensive. For many vintage collectors, however, it is still the norm.

Unopened
Unopened packs have always had the inticement of the unknown. While new packs once were relatively cheap unless they contains a key rookie, that is not the case today, due to the prevalence of inserts. New unopened packs can range anywhere in cost from $1-$100 and vintage unopened packs from the 1950s and earlier can easily go for many thousands of dollars.
 
 

 

Featured Items

Go ahead and take a look at some of the best autographed baseball memorabilia in the world.

MLB Baseball Autographs

Go ahead and take a look at some of the best autographed football memorabilia in the world.

NFL Football Autographs

Go ahead and take a look at some of the best autographed Hockey memorabilia in the world.

NHL Hockey Autographs

Go ahead and take a look at some of the best autographed Basketball memorabilia in the world.

NBA Basketball Autographs

How to Grade Sports Cards
 

Grading cards is big business and an objective, trustworthy grading system is a necessity. The Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) created the most common grading system, ranging from 10 to 1.

  • 10:Gem Mint. The sports card is as perfect as possible. Corners are sharp, color is glossy, and the card is free of any staining. The image is centered.

  • 9: Mint. Only very minor flaws. Slightly off-center, slight printing imperfection, but otherwise an excellent sports card.

  • 8: Near Mint-Mint. Excellent sports card, slight fraying might be present. Slightly off-white borders.

  • 7: Near Mint. Close inspection reveals slight surface wear or slightly frayed corners. Mostly glossy picture, slight printing errors.

  • 6: Excellent-Mint. May have a printing defect or visible surface wear, but there is no loss of overall appeal.

  • 5: Excellent. Minor corner rounding. Edges might have minor chipping. Minor noticeable surface scratches.

  • 4: Very Good-Excellent. Slightly rounded corners, surface wear, some original gloss.

  • 3: Very Good. Some rounded corners, slight surface scratches or scuffing.

  • 2: Good. Several creases are apparent. Corners rounded. No gloss.

  • 1: Poor to Fair. The sports card shows advanced wear. Corners are rounded, edges chipped and frayed. Pitting, chipping, and scuffing are all very apparent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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